Monday Motivation: The Line of Life and Death

Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides.

-Lao Tzu

As a society, we seem to treat death as something outside the norm, something unexpected, something bad. Birth and Death are bookends to Life. While death may surprise us, when it comes early or unexpectedly, death itself is something of which we should all be cognizant.

We should not fear death, rather we should use the knowledge of death and its unpredictable appearance, to live a life of joy, meaning, and love. This doesn’t mean that we cannot grieve in the face of death, only that we should become more comfortable with the idea that death is part of the life cycle we are privileged to experience. Let’s not take life for granted.

 

 

 

Published by ancarroll

Alexandra N. Carroll is an Adjunct Professor at St. Michael's College in Vermont. She writes on grief and self-care from her home in Burlington. In her spare time, Alexandra crochets, reads, and explores.

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